Faithful Vigil Ended
Leo Nestor

Composer Leo Nestor
Text Nunc Dimittis, para. Timothy Dudley-Smith
Voicing SATB and organ
Topics Evening, Funeral
Price $1.75 (U.S.)
Length 2' 05" Released 6/95
Catalog no. 410-723
Difficulty Mod. easy

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The Nunc Dimittis in a subdued and beautiful setting. Nestor's harmonies are rich and lush, and the melody tuneful and just right.

Faithful vigil ended,
watching waiting cease;
Master, grant thy servant(s)
his (her, their) discharge in peace.

All the Spirit promised,
all the Father willed,
now these eyes behold it,
perfectly fulfilled.

This thy great deliv'rance
sets thy people free;
Christ their light uplifted
all the nations see.

Christ thy people's glory!
Watching, doubting cease.
Grant to us thy servants
our discharge in peace.

Glorify the Father,
glorify the Son,
glorify the Spirit,
three forever one.

Glory the beginning;
glory sing, and praise.
Master grant thy servants
light for all our days.

Nunc Dimittis, para. Timothy Dudley-Smith.
©1984 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at All rights reserved.


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"I was deeply moved by Leo Nestor's exquisite Faithful Vigil Ended, his setting of Bishop Dudley-Smith's paraphrase of Nunc Dimittis. When the final doxology stanza came round, with its descant in Latin, people in the next offices came running to find out what the "gorgeous piece" was. After all of the high emotion, Nestor has the great sense to let it end quietly. This would be a stunning addition to any celebration of the Feast of the Purification (February 2), and it would be almost unbearably right at the funeral of someone we love."­AAM Journal, November 1995

"Lovely, gently setting of Timothy Dudley-Smith's paraphrase of the Nunc dimittis, set to a tune by the composer. Not difficult." Cross Accent, January 1996

"This very beautiful piece, based on Nestor's hymn tune WILLIAM, is appropriate for all celebrations where the Song of Simeon is called for. This includes vigils and the burial service from the Order of Christian Funerals as well as the Eucharist on the Feast of the Presentation and the celebration of night prayer in the liturgy of the hours. There is an honest simplicity contained herein, and it is reflected in the part-writing. Personally, I would present this without the soprano descant in the final twenty or so bars. It is much more beautiful as a gentler meditation." ­Pastoral Music, April-May 1996


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